After success in Niger, Turkey's "drone diplomacy" is continuing to work its magic in West Africa: a few weeks ago, the Togolese army took delivery of a consignment of Bayraktar TB2 combat drones to protect its northern border against incursions by armed groups from Burkina Faso.
Still engaged in discussions with Turkish manufacturer Baykar Makina, producer of TB2 MALE (medium altitude long endurance) combat drones, the Nigerian government has just finalised the order for a batch consisting of ten small armed tactical Songar UAVs from Nigerian group Asisguard.
Representatives of some 20 French companies have booked a string of speed dates with the Nigerian armed forces and police in Abuja next week. The government agency Business France and the French military procurement service DGA will be overseeing this promotional drill.
During his official tour of Angola, Nigeria and Togo from 17 to 20 October, the Turkish president will be aiming to strengthen political and economic ties with the countries of the Gulf of Guinea. Central to this strategy will be promoting the interests of Turkey's defence industry ahead of the Turkey-Africa summit scheduled for December in Istanbul.